Cautionary Notes

The NZRAB issues Cautionary Notes as part of its role to set and maintain the standards for the profession. Cautionary Notes are shared learnings about the standard expected of a competent architect who is working within the Code of Minimum Stands of Ethical Conduct for Registered Architects (the Code of Ethics).

Typically these learnings are identified as part of a complaints process, particularly during a process of weighing up what a reasonably competent architect could have done in similar circumstances.

These shared lessons are intended to aid the profession in maintaining the standards in the current practising environment.

Below is a list of Cautionary Notes that we have issued to date:

Cautionary Note 1: Unethical Behaviour

Cautionary Note 2: Ethical Marketing

Cautionary Note 3: Confidentiality Agreements

Cautionary Note 4: Terms of Appointment

Cautionary Note 5: Service Ethic

Cautionary Note 6: Providing Professional Services

Cautionary Note 7: Ethics and Honesty

(Note: Cautionary Note No 8 has been withdrawn)

Cautionary Note 9: Avoiding Inducements

Cautionary Note 10: Checking certificates of title and providing services in accord with the agreement for services

Cautionary Note 11: Wrongfully taking employers' intellectual property

Cautionary Note 12: Designing to the client's budget

Cautionary Note No 13: Advising the client of a provider change and obtaining agreement from the client to that change

Cautionary Note 14: Undertaking pro bono work in a safe and professional way